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  • Tax cuts to encourage emigrants to return says Prime Minister (of Ireland)

    07/27/2015 6:11:27 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 2 replies
    Irish Central ^ | July 25, 2015 04:02 AM | (Irish Central Staff Writers)
    Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny said he aims to reduce taxes to encourage the return of emigrants. Speaking at the MacGill Summer school on Friday, where several dozen anti-water charge protesters gathered ahead of his address, the Taoiseach said the tax rate was “too high a rate and kicks in too early.” Kenny said he plans to cut the 7 percent rate of Universal Social Charge in the forthcoming budget, the Irish Times reports. “In doing so, we will bring down the marginal rate of tax paid by people earning less than €70,000 to less than 50 percent.” …
  • New poll shows Ireland wants Leo Varadkar as leader (SSM pusher)

    07/27/2015 6:05:03 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 2 replies
    Irish Central ^ | July 23, 2015 04:10 AM | Paddy Clancy
    Health Minister Leo Varadkar is the overwhelming favorite among the public and Fine Gael supporters to be the next leader of the party. A poll for The Sunday Times shows 34 percent of people would like to see Varadkar, who came out as a gay in January, take over from Taoiseach Enda Kenny. “It’s always nice to get positive feedback from the public, but there is no vacancy. Enda is the leader and I have my hands full in health and a lot of work to do,” Varadkar said. …
  • France targets carbon tax in energy transition law (quadruples rate in five years)

    07/27/2015 12:44:52 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 7 replies
    EurActiv ^ | 27 Jul 2015 08:03 | (Journal de l’Environnement | translated by Samuel White)
    The debate is finally over. After more than a year of national consultations, draft bills and parliamentary discussions, French MPs finally adopted the bill for an Energy Transition for Green Growth on Wednesday 22 July. The substance of this far-reaching bill was subject to significant re-shaping by both houses of the French parliament, as well as the government. […] The adopted bill contains several last minute additions, including a Senate amendment to increase the carbon tax on fossil fuel use to €56 per ton in 2020, a four-fold increase, and €100 in 2030. “The trajectory of the carbon tax increase...
  • EU tries again for compromise on deal to phase out coal aid

    07/27/2015 12:35:21 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 3 replies
    Reuters ^ | Mon Jul 27, 2015 7:55am EDT | Barbara Lewis
    EU bosses are pushing to resolve a clash between industry and environmental policy with a new strategy to phase out funding to export coal technology to developing nations, ahead of a meeting of leading economic powers on the issue. The European Commission, the EU executive, urges tougher rules on when subsidies, known as coal export credits, can be used in a paper seen by Reuters, ahead of interim talks this week. Political pressure is growing to reach agreement on restricting the coal subsidies before United Nations climate change talks in Paris at the end of the year. But opposition is...
  • Londonderry to be renamed Derry as Unionists cry foul (Northern Ireland)

    07/25/2015 3:26:16 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 14 replies
    Irish Central ^ | July 24, 2015 09:04 AM | Cathy Hayes
    The Derry City and Strabane District Council have voted in favor of moving to officially changing the name of Londonderry to Derry. Unionists are describing the decision, voted upon on Thursday evening, as “sectarian” and “disgusting.” The vote passed with the full support of Sinn Féin, the Social Democratic and Labour Party (SDLP), and the Independent councillors, despite opposition from the minority unionist block. The council will now write to Environment Minister Mark H. Durkan of the SDLP, on how to go about the change. Durkan is himself a native of Derry. According to TheJournal.ie, 28 councillors voted to seek...
  • Eurotunnel warns of lengthy delays due to ‘migrant activity’ (France)

    07/25/2015 6:46:47 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 11 replies
    Daily Telegraph (UK) ^ | 11:00AM BST 25 Jul 2015 | Camilla Turner
    Passengers using the shuttle to cross the channel face hours of delays following a brief suspension of services due to migrant activity at the French side of the Tunnel. On Saturday morning, those booked to take their vehicle to the continent were being warned of an hour delay to check in and a further four hours before departure. Frustrated car passengers in Folkestone—including local residents and people trying to go on holiday—face hours of queues. Eurotunnel suspended services for a brief period shortly before midnight due to “migrant activity”, adding that French authorities were dealing with the situation. …
  • Russian ambassador: If Sweden joins NATO, there will be 'consequences'

    06/19/2015 3:55:14 AM PDT · by elhombrelibre · 59 replies
    YAHOO ^ | 19 Jun 15 | Jeremy Bender
    (AP) Russian President Vladimir Putin listens during an annual call-in show on Russian television, "Conversation With Vladimir Putin," in Moscow, April 16, 2015. Russia's ambassador to Sweden has warned the country of the potential military "consequences" associated with joining NATO in an interview with the Swedish newspaper Dagens Nyheter, The Local reports. Russian Ambassador Viktor Tatarintsev told Dagens Nyheter that Russia does not have any military plans against Sweden, in line with Stockholm's alliance neutrality.
  • Should Germany exit the euro?

    07/24/2015 8:50:40 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 27 replies
    Deutsche Welle ^ | 24.07.2015 | Maya E. Shwayder
    Through all the haggling and hair-pulling in the past months over more austerity, fewer creditors getting their money, and a dreaded “Grexit”—a scenario in which Greece would leave Europe’s currency union—at least four prominent economists in three major American publications have casually and quietly suggested there may be a third way: A German exit. That is, Germany should exit the euro, and clear the way for countries in the south of Europe—notably, Greece, Italy, Spain, and probably Portugal—to reconcile their debt with a greatly depreciated currency and maybe finally get a handle on their economies. The latest thinker to suggest...
  • Barack Obama says Britain must stay in EU [and that's an ORDER!!]

    07/23/2015 7:13:37 PM PDT · by markomalley · 22 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 7/23/15 | Barney Henderson
    “(The EU) is part of the cornerstone of institutions built after World War Two that has made the world safer and more prosperous. “We want to make sure that the United Kingdom continues to have that influence,” Mr Obama told the BBC, reinforcing the importance Washington places on the UK remaining in the EU. He has previously acknowledged the need to try and “fix what is broken” with the EU before breaking the relationship. Mr Obama said David Cameron was an outstanding partner and praised the Government for committing earlier this month to Nato's defence spending pledge of two per...
  • Are We Going Towards a Post-Israel Middle East?

    07/23/2015 4:40:21 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 16 replies
    INN ^ | Thursday, July 23, 2015 5:14 AM | Giulio Meotti
    For 2,000 years, following the annihilation of Jerusalem by the Romans, the Jewish people lived in exile from its holy places, while keeping its religion, language, and customs alive in an unparalleled act of collective memory. No other people in history has experienced so much suffering, or devoted so much energy to remembering. And when, in the XX century, the greatest of all disasters wiped out the Jews of Europe, the world seemed to undergo a brief fit of remorse. The United Nations voted overwhelmingly to recognize the State of Israel as a homeland in which the Jews could at...
  • PM: Israel Is Being Tried in Global Kangaroo Court

    07/22/2015 5:26:18 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 4 replies
    INN ^ | 7/22/2015, 2:15 PM | Hezki Ezra
    Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu addressed the Knesset Wednesday in honor of visiting Italian prime minister Matteo Renzi, and said that Israel is being accused by the world despite having committed no crime. "We are not without mistakes, but when we are painted as the source of evil in the world, that is a blatant lie that conjures up clear memories from the past,” Netanyahu said. “The attitude of the new anti-Semites is a direct continuation of the blood libels and the anti-Semitism throughout the ages. Jews were always falsely tried, throughout history. The Jewish state is on trial in a...
  • Decades of European Media Bias Against Israel

    07/22/2015 2:48:54 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 3 replies
    INN ^ | Tuesday, July 21, 2015 10:06 AM | Dr. Manfred Gerstenfeld
    The strong bias that many European media hold against Israel has been documented for decades by a great variety of analysts. One of the first to do so was The Jerusalem Post editor David Bar-Illan. He gave many examples of media prejudice in his book, Eye on the Media, published in 1983 and based on his columns in the daily. […] During an interview some ten years after the publication of his book, Bar-Illan told me that the BBC was “by far the worst offender when it comes to Israel.” He said that there were hundreds of examples of BBC...
  • European Funds Behind Campaign to Erase Ancient Jewish Town

    07/21/2015 7:35:53 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 9 replies
    INN ^ | 7/21/2015, 7:01 PM | Ari Soffer
    A brazen campaign to erase an ancient Jewish village from the map is being led by European-funded NGOs, a report has revealed, once more casting a spotlight on the leading role played by European state funding in the anti-Israel movement. The illegal Arab settlement of Khirbet Susiya, located next to the Jewish town of Susya in Judea, is currently the target of a demolition order by Israeli authorities, having been illegally constructed on the ruins of an ancient, Talmudic-era Jewish village of the same name. […] Now, it has been revealed that the campaign is being led by European-funded Israeli...
  • UN approves accreditation for Palestinian Return Center

    07/20/2015 11:20:32 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 2 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jul 20, 2015 11:43 PM EDT | Edith M. Lederer
    The United Nations approved U.N. accreditation Monday for the London-based Palestinian Return Center in a defeat for Israel which claims the organization is affiliated with Hamas and “openly promotes terrorism.” The center, which describes itself as an independent consultancy dedicated to find a solution for the Palestinian refugees in accordance with international law, has denied the Israeli allegations. It announced last Friday that it was starting legal action against Israel’s U.N. Mission for alleged defamation. […] Israel’s Deputy U.N. Ambassador David Roet said before the vote that the center “is not what it claims to be.” Roet said world media...
  • UN Security Council unanimously approves Iran deal; EU Ministers Approve Pact Ahead of UN Vote

    07/20/2015 7:55:05 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 15 replies
    Times of Israel ^ | 07/20/2015 | BY MARISSA NEWMAN AND AP
    The UN Security Council on Monday unanimously adopted a resolution endorsing the Iran nuclear deal and paving the way to lifting longstanding sanctions on the Islamic Republic. The 15-0 approval of the Iran nuclear deal clears one of the largest hurdles for the landmark pact, which will now go before the US Congress where it may face an uphill battle for confirmation. The UN vote came shortly after the European Union approved the nuclear deal, okaying the pact between the five permanent members of the Security Council plus Germany and Iran that lifts punishing economic sanctions on Tehran in exchange...
  • Spiegel Interview with Wolfgang Schäuble: ‘There Is No German Dominance’

    07/20/2015 11:02:09 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    Der Spiegel ^ | July 17, 2015 – 07:29 PM | Klaus Brinkbäumer, Michael Sauga and Christian Reiermann
    Criticism of Germany’s role in the recent negotiations over Greece’s future has been fierce. Spiegel speaks with Finance Minister Wolfgang Schäuble about the government in Athens, his own feelings about a Grexit and his relationship with Chancellor Merkel. […] Spiegel: Germany took on a leadership role in the negotiations with Greece—and adopted a “very patronizing tone,” as European Parliament President Martin Schulz lamented. Does it worry you that people across Europe are talking about a “new German dominance?” Schäuble: There is no German dominance. Germany is in a good position economically, that is undeniable. But in contrast to France and...
  • [Germany’s Economy] Minister: Iran must rethink stance on Israel

    07/20/2015 10:00:18 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 8 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 20 Jul 2015 14:21 GMT+02:00 | (AFP)
    Germany believes Iran should rethink its stance on Israel as last week’s nuclear deal means it must “bear new responsibilities, at home and abroad”, Economy Minister Sigmar Gabriel said on Monday during his visit to the Islamic republic. […] “With the nuclear agreement and the economic recovery that will surely come after it, Iran will also bear new responsibilities, at home and abroad,” he told delegates at a conference in the capital. “You must understand that for us Germans, the security of the state of Israel is also of great importance. I understand how difficult the debate is, and we...
  • Germans are richer than ever before: study

    07/20/2015 9:39:08 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 20 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 20 Jul 2015 16:51 GMT+02:00 | (DPA/The Local)
    German private households collectively hold more wealth than ever before, according to a report released by the German Federal Bank on Monday. A strong labor market and comfortable incomes have helped German households’ financial assets to rise by €140 billion in the first quarter of the year, according to the report, climbing to €5.212 trillion—a record high. […] Germans still showed an “ongoing high level of risk aversion” and did not take advantage of low interest rates by taking out significant loans. […] But such wealth is not necessarily shared equally across the country. A study last year revealed that...
  • Minimum wage rise of 50c opposed by business groups (Ireland)

    07/20/2015 12:28:41 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 3 replies
    Irish Times ^ | Mon, Jul 20, 2015, 01:00 | Elaine Edwards
    Business groups and the restaurants sector have strongly opposed any increase in the minimum wage of €8.65 ahead of reports that the Low Pay Commission is expected to recommend a rise of 50 cent per hour. The commission will present its report to Minister for Business and Employment Ged Nash over the next few days and is expected to recommend an increase of about 50 cent per hour. IBEC, which represents Irish businesses, said the proposal was “at odds with all the economic evidence” and would “heap pressure on companies still struggling to stay in business and erode crucial competitiveness...
  • Irish police arrest ISIS suspect in Dublin

    07/17/2015 12:54:33 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 5 replies
    Irish Central ^ | July 17, 2015 04:06 AM | Frances Mulraney
    Irish police arrested a man in Dublin earlier this week who they suspected of being an ISIS extremist and who had been under surveillance since he was deported from Turkey. Last Thursday the suspect attempted to fly from Dublin to Istanbul, but he was sent back to Ireland as authorities in the Turkish city felt that there were “irregularities” with the Eastern European passport he was using. On his return to Dublin, Irish police (Gardaí) made the decision not to arrest him but placed the man in his 30s under surveillance as he left Dublin airport. Earlier this week, however,...
  • Germany, Cuba sign framework accords

    07/16/2015 6:32:21 PM PDT · by Olog-hai
    Deutsche Welle ^ | 16.07.2015 | [ipj/gsw (AFP, dpa)]
    Germany and Cuba have signed framework accords to formalize future ties. Frank-Walter Steinmeier’s visit to Havanna is the first by a German foreign minister since Germany’s reunification 25 years ago. Thursday’s signing by Steinmeier and his Cuban counterpart, Bruno Rodriguez, involved two documents intended to open regular consultations between their ministries and cultural exchanges. They also contained an acknowledgment of human rights, an issue raised by Amnesty International, which is critical of Cuban clamps of freedoms of expression. Steinmeier’s trip comes just days ahead of the intended reopening by Cuba and the US of their embassies. President Barack Obama announced...
  • France: Gunmen Break Into Home Because ‘Jews Have Money’

    07/16/2015 6:03:14 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 7 replies
    INN ^ | 7/15/2015, 10:33 PM | Matt Wanderman
    A French anti-Semitism watchdog group reports that a Jewish family was attacked and robbed in their suburban home Wednesday. According to the National Bureau for Vigilance Against Anti-Semitism (BNVCA) report, three masked men, described as of African descent, broke into a home in Le Blanc-Mesnil, a few kilometers outside of Paris. They then held the parents and son captive while they searched the home. The criminals allegedly told the family that they chose to break into the apartment “because they are Jewish and Jews have money.” …
  • ‘UNREAL': Obama calls murdered Jews just ‘a bunch of folks’ shot ‘in a deli’ [video]

    02/09/2015 3:34:26 PM PST · by blueyon · 67 replies
    Twitchy.com ^ | 2/9/15 | Twitchy Staff
    Awful. Let’s go to the videotape (starts around 1:50 mark): What an absolute slap in the face to the memories — and the families — of the four French Jews murdered in cold blood last month. Newsflash, Mr. President — these weren’t just “a bunch of folks” who were “randomly” shot “in a deli”; they were targeted by an Islamic extremist.
  • German Foreign Minister: Israel Shouldn’t Criticize Iran Deal

    07/14/2015 8:15:53 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 34 replies
    INN ^ | 7/15/2015, 1:15 AM | Elad Benari
    German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier on Tuesday criticized Israel’s opposition to the nuclear deal agreed upon by six world powers and Iran, Reuters reported. According to the report, Steinmeier said the agreement would help contribute to security in the Middle East. “This is a responsible deal and Israel should also take a closer look at it and not criticize the agreement in a very coarse way,” he was quoted as having told German broadcaster ARD. …
  • Record numbers enter Germany illegally

    07/14/2015 5:18:07 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 4 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 14 Jul 2015 14:42 GMT+02:00 | (DPA/The Local)
    As numbers of refugees entering Germany reach record highs, police have warned that they are struggling to cope with the growing demands on their time and resources. Speaking in Berlin on Monday, Bundespolizei (federal police) chief Dieter Romann said officials have seized over 63,000 people who entered the country illegally so far this year—with around 3,000 cases recorded last weekend alone. The total for this year so far has already eclipsed last year’s sum of 57,000, which had previously been the highest level since German reunification in 1990. […] The most numerous are those from Syria, Eritrea and Afghanistan, although...
  • GREECE PLEDGES TO GET RID OF TAX EVASION AS A WAY OF LiIFE

    07/14/2015 4:37:12 PM PDT · by grumpygresh · 13 replies
    ABC news ^ | 7/14/15 | Alan Cledenning
    ... Bokas also does installation and repair jobs — and half of those involve cash deals with no receipts for his labor. The result is that a job costing 250 euros ($275) goes for 125 euros because he doesn’t charge the client sales tax and Bokas doesn’t report the income for taxation. “I’ve got a receipt for everything I sell in my shop,” Bokas said. But tax officials “don’t know what my hands do.”
  • Families of the Undocumented Irish in America battle for immigration reform

    07/14/2015 4:37:15 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 17 replies
    Irish Central ^ | July 14, 2015 01:04 AM | Jane Walsh
    A new group has been established in Ireland to campaign on behalf of the undocumented Irish in America. The group, called The Families of the Undocumented Irish in America, will be chaired by Bundoran man Michael McMahon. Speaking after the launch, Mr. McMahon said: “For far too long, successive Irish governments have sat on their hands and failed to support their citizens living in America. The current American administration has exhausted all avenues to introduce comprehensive immigration reform at this stage, but I am hopeful that the issue will resurface during and after the coming Presidential election campaign. However, there...
  • Greeks Face 'Humiliating' Demands As Twitter Says #ThisIsACoup (EU Demands "Banker Dictatorship"?)

    07/12/2015 8:41:53 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 64 replies
    TeleSur ^ | 6-12-2015 | Telesur
    As European Union leaders push Greece for more austerity reforms, Athens enters political crisis and social media erupts in response. A two-day emergency meeting on Greece’s economic future ended Sunday with strict conditions from the European Union, including contentious austerity reforms, if it wants a new bailout and keep the euro. To meet the conditions for fresh aid packages and a third bailout that Greece needs to avoid bankruptcy, European finance ministers want Greece to pass a series of austerity measures--including tax and pension reforms-- through Parliament and put them into law by Wednesday. Greece will also have to lose...
  • Report: Britain Gets Back Less Than Half the Money It Pays Into the EU

    07/12/2015 8:42:04 AM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 8 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 07/12/2015 | Donna Rachel Edmunds
    Britain receives less than half the money it puts into the EU back as subsidies thanks to the ongoing Eurozone crisis, a new report has found. The report also found that British households could be as much as £933 a year better off if Britain left the EU. The think tank which compiled the report advised that staying within the EU poses “serious risks”.The comprehensive new report from Business for Britain, runs to a mammoth 1,032 pages, has found that, between 1976 and 2003 the average return from Britain’s financial input into the EU was 68 per cent, meaning that,...
  • Irish anti-Islamic group protests mosque in Kerry (PEGIDA Ireland)

    07/11/2015 8:55:01 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 7 replies
    Irish Central ^ | July 10, 2015 08:57 AM | Anne Lucey
    An anti-Islamic group founded in Germany, which it emerges now has an Irish branch, is objecting to the building of a mosque in Tralee, County Kerry. The group denies it is racist, but says it wants to save Ireland from Islam. It is to launch a political party shortly. Kerry is the rural county with the biggest population of Muslims outside the main cities, such as Cork and Dublin. Killarney already has an Islamic cultural center. However, it has no full mosque. The second attempt in recent years to construct a mosque in Tralee on a large site is now...
  • Drive-by shooting in Germany, one of the world's strictest on gun control

    07/11/2015 9:03:26 AM PDT · by rktman · 12 replies
    csmonitor.com ^ | 7/10/2015 | Michelle Toh
    A driver has been arrested for killing two people and shooting at others before fleeing in his convertible, rocking the small Bavarian town of Tiefenthal. In Germany, how easy is it to get a gun?
  • Planemakers poised for Iranian buying spree if nuclear deal reached

    07/10/2015 10:21:24 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 7 replies
    Reuters ^ | Fri Jul 10, 2015 9:38pm EDT | Tim Hepher, Parisa Hafezi and John Irish
    Western planemakers look set to reap billions of dollars in deals with Iran, if a deal is done on its nuclear program to allow one of the world’s most promising aviation markets to come out of quarantine. Iran and six world powers were struggling on Friday to remove the last obstacles to an historic deal in Vienna that could resolve a more than 12-year dispute over Tehran’s nuclear ambitions, extending talks through the weekend. For Tehran, the prospect of sweeping economic sanctions and a long-standing U.S. trade embargo being lifted represents a chance to renew a fleet whose average age...
  • Latin America’s Leftist Slide

    07/10/2015 7:16:09 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 8 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 07/10/15 | Arnoild Ahlert
    Bad ideas take a long time to die Since the start of the 21st Century, the leftward lurch in Latin America has been unmistakable. By early 2008, the nations of Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Ecuador, Guatemala, Nicaragua, Paraguay, Uruguay, and Venezuela, and, to a certain extent, Mexico and Peru, have all embraced center-left political parties or movements. The reason for the tilt is a familiar one: the siren song of government-mandated wealth redistribution and increased levels of social spending have resonated with people with a long history of economic and development troubles. “I think it’s difficult for conservative candidates to...
  • Ten Years After the London Attacks, the British Still Don’t Get it

    07/09/2015 6:28:01 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 13 replies
    INN ^ | Thursday, July 09, 2015 7:56 AM | Giulio Meotti
    London mourned the dead and the mutilated on the tenth anniversary of the massacre of 7 July 2005. Fifty-six victims at the hands of suicide bombers with birth certificates from Luton, Bradford, Manchester. A few days ago, at a beach on the Mediterranean, Jihad returned to kill thirty Englishmen. But ten years later, they still do not get it. We did not understand that the terror that struck the British metropolis was a war, not the idea of ​​a few fanatics, but the vocation of choice of the best examples of integration, boys and girls, Muslims who attended the Foremarke...
  • Opinion: Merkel Must End Devil’s Pact with America

    07/08/2015 2:32:05 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 28 replies
    Der Spiegel ^ | July 07, 2015 – 11:37 PM | Markus Feldenkirchen
    The German-American friendship no longer exists. It may still remain between citizens of both countries, but not between their governments. Perhaps it has always been an illusion; perhaps the United States pulled away over the course of time. But what binds these two nations today cannot be considered friendship. Openness and fairness are part of the essence of friendship, which is about mutual respect and trust. A quarter century after the United States helped the German people restore their national unity, little remains of this friendship. As new documents from WikiLeaks and reporting by Spiegel show, the NSA has been...
  • Vote on Srebrenica resolution delayed by Russian veto threat

    07/07/2015 3:45:11 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 5 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jul 7, 2015 6:35 PM EDT | Edith M. Lederer
    The U.N. Security Council delayed a vote on a British-drafted resolution that would condemn the 1995 massacre at Srebrenica during the Bosnian war as “a crime of genocide” until Wednesday after Russia informed council members it would veto the measure. Supporters of the resolution had been hoping for its unanimous approval to mark the 20th anniversary of the slaughter by Bosnian Serbs of some 8,000 Muslim men and boys who had sought refuge at what was supposed to be a U.N.-protected site. But leaders of the Bosnian Serbs and Serbia, who have close religious and cultural ties to Russia, have...
  • EU Official: ISIS Set to Invade Europe, Via Refugee Ships

    07/06/2015 12:58:48 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 5 replies
    INN ^ | 7/6/2015, 4:24 PM | Yaakov Levi
    Hundreds of ISIS members could infiltrate Europe together with masses of refugees from Libya, Syria, and Iraq—ironically fleeing ISIS terror in their homelands, said Michele Coninsx, head of the EU’s judicial cooperation agency Eurojust. Speaking Monday in Brussels, Coninsx told reporters that the EU was working together with other countries to prevent the migration of ISIS terrorists. She declined to specify exactly what steps were being taken. A video released last week by ISIS in Libya and published by the Arabic-language Asharq al-Awsat shows the two perpetrators of a deadly attack on the Corinthia Hotel in January threatening that ISIS’s...
  • ISIS threatens to send 500,000 migrants to Europe as a 'psychological weapon' in chilling

    02/18/2015 2:59:43 PM PST · by Nachum · 37 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 2/18/15 | Hannah Roberts In Rome For Mailonline
    ISIS has threatened to flood Europe with half a million migrants from Libya in a 'psychological' attack against the West, it was claimed today. Transcripts of telephone intercepts published in Italy claim to provide evidence that ISIS is threatening to send 500,000 migrants simultaneously out to sea in hundreds of boats in a 'psychological weapon' against Europe if there is military intervention against them in Libya. Many would be at risk of drowning with rescue services unable to cope. But authorities fear that if numbers on this scale arrived, European cities could witness riots. Separately, the militants hope to cement...
  • John Boehner pledge: Immigration reform top of agenda (pandering to Irish illegals)

    07/05/2015 6:20:31 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 43 replies
    Irish Times ^ | Fri, Jul 3, 2015, 20:47 | Arthur Beesley
    The speaker of the US House of Representatives, John Boehner, has told a Dublin audience of his determination to overcome Republican resistance to immigration reform. Mr. Boehner also told how Taoiseach Enda Kenny has harangued him on the matter, telling him how the lack of reform has left some Irish immigrants listening to a parent’s funeral by phone. His remarks indicate he may yet move to confront opponents of reform within his own Republican party, which is in the vanguard of resistance to it and has a majority in the House. […] Imitating Mr. Kenny, Mr. Boehner said he was...
  • Fears major bank is 'hours from collapse' as millions vote on Greece’s financial future

    07/05/2015 5:44:45 AM PDT · by RKBA Democrat · 61 replies
    Daily Mail UK ^ | 7-5-15 | Lydia Willgress
    (Title edited due to lemgth) Fears the central bank of Greece will collapse following today's referendum are rising as voters flocked to the polls to decide on their country's future. [snip] Officials are set to ask the European Central Bank (ECB) for emergency cash in a bid to stave off financial ruin following tonight's result, it has been reported. [snip] It comes as some sources also suggested ATMs will not open this evening in a bid to save money after EU leaders threatened to withdraw the euro in the event of a 'No' vote.
  • Enough of this charade: Greece must be told to leave the euro

    07/03/2015 10:28:53 PM PDT · by aquila48 · 29 replies
    UK Telegraph ^ | 03 Jul 2015 | Jeremy Warner
    As the Greek debt standoff approaches its final denouement – oh please let it be so – judgments are becoming easier to make. The most obvious (obvious all along, it might be said) is that the sooner Greece leaves the euro, the better. If a legal way of forcing the Greeks out can be found, it should be used. In any case, this debilitating charade has carried on quite long enough. For once, the German high command is correct; even if some sort of a compromise could be cobbled together, Greece’s hard-Left Syriza-led government couldn’t be trusted to implement the...
  • Over 260,000 Austrians sign petition on EU exit

    07/02/2015 7:18:55 PM PDT · by aMorePerfectUnion · 14 replies
    PressTV ^ | 7-2-15
    More than 260,000 people in Austria have signed a petition urging the Austrian government to leave the European Union (EU). According to reports on Thursday, as many as 261,159 Austrians signed the petition. The number in total represents 4.12 percent of the country's electorate. Since under the country's regulations the threshold for calling a debate on a potential referendum is 100,000 people, the Austrian parliament must discuss a referendum on leaving the EU. The call for leaving the EU was most popular in the regions of Lower Austria and in Carinthia where 5.18 percent and 4.85 percent of potential voters,...
  • Merkel summons US envoy over spy claims

    07/02/2015 7:07:32 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 3 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 02 Jul 2015 16:20 GMT+02:00 | (AFP)
    Chancellor Angela Merkel’s office Thursday asked the US ambassador to discuss new allegations about NSA spying, a German government source said. “We confirm that US ambassador [John] Emerson was invited to the chancellery to talk,” the German government source told AFP, after the Frankfurter Allgemeine daily said Merkel’s chief of staff Peter Altmaier had asked for the meeting. On Wednesday Süddeutsche Zeitung reported that new documents released by WikiLeaks show that the United States did not just tap German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s phone but also eavesdropped on several ministers. …
  • How German media shaped the Greece crisis

    07/01/2015 10:05:33 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 16 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 01 Jul 2015 12:50 GMT+02:00 | Tom Barfield
    “No more billions for the greedy Greeks” or “Merkel shoots down new proposals from Athens”: these are just a couple of the bold headlines Germans have digested with their morning coffee in recent months. In a country still massively reliant on traditional forms of media—newspapers, and above all television—for its news, these headlines matter. […] Political discussion on TV is dominated by talk shows such as Anne Will, Günther Jauch and Hart aber Fair (Hard but Fair), where although people outside the mainstream may be invited, “counter-opinions are generally squashed or have little chance of piercing through,” Mühl-Benninghaus pointed out....
  • Mixed message from same-sex marriage debate

    07/01/2015 8:30:03 AM PDT · by NetAddicted · 10 replies
    theage.com.au | 6/4/2015 | Paul Sheehan
    You probably thought, as I did, that last week's same sex marriage referendum in Ireland was carried by an overwhelming 62 per cent vote majority in support of changing the constitution. In fact, only 34 per cent of the adult population voted in support of the measure. There are 3.52 million Irish citizens of voting age, and 66 per cent of them did not vote "yes". Two-thirds of the adult population either voted "no", or did not vote, or did not register to vote.
  • Dublin elects its first ever Sinn Féin mayor (Irish terrorist party)

    06/30/2015 5:26:26 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 23 replies
    Irish Central ^ | June 30, 2015 02:15 AM | Cathy Hayes
    Críona Ní Dhálaigh, Sinn Féin councilor and “Dub, born and bred,” has been elected as the new Lord Mayor of Dublin. Ní Dhálaigh replaces Christy Burke after an agreement was made that a Sinn Féin councilor would take over the position during the centenary of the 1916 Rising. Fianna Fáil councilor Jim O’Callaghan and independent councilor Mannix Flynn put their names forward to try to prevent this from happening. Ní Dhálaigh got 41 out of 59 votes on Monday evening and nine went to O’Callaghan and eight went to Flynn. […] O’Callaghan, who objected to the election of a Sinn...
  • Germany: violent far-right crime up nearly a quarter in 2014

    06/30/2015 6:20:19 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 8 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jun 30, 2015 6:46 AM EDT
    The German government says violent far-right crime increased by nearly a quarter last year, while authorities are concerned about an even faster rise in offenses involving homes for asylum-seekers. The domestic intelligence agency counted 990 violent offenses with a far-right motivation, compared with 801 in 2013. That included 512 xenophobic attacks, up from 473 and the highest number since the current definitions for offenses were introduced in 2001. …
  • Srebrenica divided as ever as Serbs put up anti-EU posters

    06/28/2015 4:57:12 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 2 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jun 28, 2015 11:51 AM EDT | Aida Cerkez
    Less than two weeks before the Srebrenica massacre’s 20th anniversary, Muslims and Eastern Orthodox Serbs in the Bosnian town are as divided as ever. Serbs put up anti-European Union posters on Sunday with Russian President Vladimir Putin’s portrait on them and the words “Eastern alternative” and “Republika Srpska,” or “Serb Republic.” Most of them were plastered on the bullet-riddled walls of a warehouse in the nearby village of Kravica, where Serb forces executed Muslim Bosnians during the 1995 genocide.Bosnia’s Muslims want the country to join the EU, while Serbs would like their half—called Republika Srpska—to secede and stay close to...
  • Serbia unveils monument to Gavrilo Princip

    06/28/2015 4:03:12 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 30 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jun 28, 2015 5:27 PM EDT
    Serbia on Sunday unveiled a monument to Gavrilo Princip, whose assassination of the Austro-Hungarian crown prince in Sarajevo helped ignite World War I and still provokes controversy in the ethnically-divided Balkans. Hundreds of citizens attended the ceremony in central Belgrade held on the anniversary of the 1914 assassination which is also the Serbian national holiday of St. Vitus Day. President Tomislav Nikolic described Princip—who is viewed as a terrorist by many outside Serbia—as a freedom fighter and hero. …
  • Dutch City Will Begin Experimenting With Socialism to Test Its Benefits (Utrecht)

    06/26/2015 11:15:38 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 12 replies
    MRC TV ^ | June 26, 2015 | Tyler McNally
    The Dutch city of Utrecht is planning on experimenting with socialism to test its value and results. The Independent reports that the city has teamed up with University College Utrecht to observe “if a system of welfare without requirements will be successful.” The concept of basic income “is a universal, unconditional form of payment to individuals, which covers their living costs.” The basic income is supposed to help free up people schedules and work hours to provide more time to volunteer in the community, study at university, and care for others. …